Franco Manco

Franco Manco

0.5 miles
Friary Street, Guildford, GU1 4EH

The South East is home to numerous Franco Manca restaurants. We stopped by the Guildford restaurant, and pulled up a pew by the open-plan kitchen, where we could see chefs busy working the famed sourdough that’s put Franco Manca on the culinary map. The slow-rising sourdough is made with a 200-year-old starter culture from Naples, which must be replenished every day. It takes 20-30 hours for the dough to rise and from our table we could see the dough stacked in bespoke wooden Franco Manca crates, ready to be kneaded and stretched, covered with delicious toppings and blasted in the custom-made over. The result is astounding: a thin and light pizza base with a soft and chewy crust. While our toppings of smoked buffalo and Franco & Lloyd mozzarella, artichokes, wild boar salami and truffle and watercress were delicious, the dough itself was a treat on its own. My partner’s mozzarella, caramelised red onion, Colston Bassett Stilton, watercress, roasted pine kernels and Gloucester Old Spot pancetta was equally delciious. The chefs were as Italian as they come, singing Neapolitan ballads as they bustled about the kitchen.

The accompanying selection of organic wine was both delicious and interesting. Like everything else, the team behind Franco Manca takes a personal approach to their wine, working directly with small organic wine producers in Italy.

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